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Part 1 of 2: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Overview – What is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

 

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is an annual celebration of international cuisine that takes place in Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

This event takes place in Walt Disney World’s Epcot center, which showcases world culture, history, nature, animals, and innovation for the future. Disney princesses can be found throughout Epcot’s simulated countries as well. For example, Snow White can be found in Germany, Mulan is in China, Belle resides in France, and Anna and Elsa hang out in Norway.

The welcome display for Food and Wine Festival at the entrance to EPCOT Center. Photo by Sam Howzit, Flickr

The welcome display for Food and Wine Festival at the entrance to EPCOT Center. Photo by Sam Howzit, Flickr

The International Food & Wine Festival features global marketplaces, Eat to the Beat concerts, culinary demonstrations by professional chefs, food and drink tastings and seminars, and celebrity chef appearances.

Photo by Josh Hallett, Flickr.

Photo by Josh Hallett, Flickr.

The global marketplaces offer a variety of international foods for guests’ sampling pleasure, with plates ranging from $4.00-$8.00. Cuisine from Africa, Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Morocco, Scotland, and more can be found here. A full list of countries represented and foods served during the 2016 event can be found here.

2017’s event will be the 21st annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will take place August 31 through November 13, which “will be a record 75 days of global culinary creations, celebrity chefs, premium events, Eat to the Beat concerts, and more,” (Disney Parks Blog).

Photo by Josh Hallett, Flickr.

Photo by Josh Hallett, Flickr.

Visitor’s Instagram photos from past events can be found here.

Be sure to check out Part 2 of this series, in which we’ll consider whether the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a good representation of international cuisine, or if it’s been too Americanized.

By: Rachel Schlachter

Rachel Schlachter is a military brat and Domestic TCK who lived in five states and visited twenty-two more. She loves traveling and experiencing new places with her friends and family.